Obama counter-punches in effort to regain political balance
May 16th, 2013
11:26 AM ET
2 years ago

Obama counter-punches in effort to regain political balance

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama is counter-punching furiously to prevent a series of potential scandals from overwhelming his second-term agenda.

With a trio of moves, the suddenly beleaguered president fought back on Wednesday against Republican attacks that his administration defied accountability for controversies involving IRS targeting of conservative groups, the secret subpoena of journalists' phone records and erroneous talking points in the immediate aftermath of last year's Benghazi terrorist attack.

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  1. Republicans rule Obama

    One thing after another, the corruption that is coming out of the Obama Adminstration is not surprising. HIs Adminstration is one of the most corrupt and incompetent adminstration this country has ever seen. To sit their and say i know nothing of what is going on does not bode well for him. If that is true that he does not know what is going on then he is idiot and not a leader and should be removed from office. Holder also needs to go, from Fast and Furious, to the AP scandal, and lord knows what else he is hiding. Not to mention that the IRS is suspose to help bring in Obama Care, that should turn out real good. Its time to sweep Obama and the Democrats out of office, that will happen in 2014 and 2106.

    May 16, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  2. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Counter punch? It is way to late for that,he has been dealt the knock out blow already. Why so many of you put all your hopes and faith in this man i will never know. Obama, is a smooth talker Nothing more. Blacks and latino's will find this out if they have not already. Republicans have a chance to right this ship. But the wont because they feel they have to make poor uneducated white people feel good about they self by telling that they are the'True americans' its all bull if you ask me.who can we trust?

    May 16, 2013 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. resevoirdog

    With respect and love for my country I have to ask "why is an American president counter punching instead of telling the truth"?

    May 16, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Yawn!!! Now can Congress get back to governing? And when I say governing, I don't mean having a 37th vote to repeal the ACA. Good distraction GOP. But many of us were already onto what you lazy obstructionists were up to. Distract, Decieve & Distort.

    May 16, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  5. Ray E. (Georgia)

    If Obama had been leading from the start all this trouble may have never happened. It's too late to close the Barn Door after the horse escaped. The Adjenda of the Liberal's has always been a losing proposition. Nothing new here. But maybe he can continue to blame Bush as he has nothing left and didn't have anything to start with.

    May 16, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  6. TheObserver

    @Republicans rule Obama
    One thing after another, the corruption that is coming out of the Obama Adminstration is not surprising (BECAUSE WE GOT SO USED TO IT DURING THE PREVIOUS REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION WHO SET THAT BAR PRETTY HIGH). HIs Adminstration is one of the most corrupt and incompetent adminstration this country has ever seen (MAYBE ONLY SECOND TO GEORGE W BUSH!). To sit their and say i know nothing of what is going on does not bode well for him (ARE WE TALKING ABOUT OBAMA OR GEORGE W WHEN HE GOT THE 9/11 NEWS?). If that is true that he does not know what is going on then he is idiot and not a leader and should be removed from office. Holder also needs to go, from Fast and Furious, to the AP scandal, and lord knows what else he is hiding. Not to mention that the IRS is suspose to help bring in Obama Care (AKA ROMNEY CARE), that should turn out real good. Its time to sweep Obama and the Democrats out of office, that will happen in 2014 and 2106 (JUST BE READY TO SWEEP IN THE NEW DEMOCRATS).

    BECAUSE OF INCREASED ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY, PEOPLE ARE BECOMING SMARTER, MORE OPEN-MINDED, AND MORE EDUCATED. THIS DOES NOT BODE WELL FOR REPUBLICANS.

    May 16, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  7. Scott

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    But many of us were already onto what you lazy obstructionists were up to. Distract, Decieve & Distort.
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    Dutch glad to see you are finally coming around and realizing what Obama is all about. Your comment was right on the money.

    May 16, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  8. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Here are the ONLY punches I'd be throwing at these yapping do-nothing unpatriotic bunch of obstrucitonists:
    1. I hear y'all have problems with the secret subpoenas of the AP. You're trying to lynch Eric Holder who recused himself from this case. Any other problems you may be having with this should be addressed to the Patriot Act, you know the address.

    2. Benghazi. Since you guys just wouldn't let these four dead people rest in peace in an all-out blatant attempt to cast aspersions on my administration and Mrs. Clinton I've released the e-mails that you doctored. Let go, let God.

    3. Emplyees of the IRS decided to follow in the footsteps of Sarah Pailin and went rogue and off the reservation. They've been fired

    If any of you feel my answers have been inadequate you will find a copy of Newt Gingrich's How to Impeach a President by the exit. Feel free to steal, er, take a copy and get to stepping.

    Thanks for coming, many of you here present haven't worked a day since 2009, but the rest of us need to get back to doing what we're being paid to do by the voters:govern.

    May 16, 2013 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Scott

    TheObserver
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    Even the liberal Media is wising up to what Obama is all about, face it the Dem's are done. Oh and Romney care was good for his State, he did not try to push it off on everybody else, like Obama did behind close doors in midnight voting to sneak it thru. Yes Bush was not the best President, but at least he did not have the corruption that Obama has. It does not bide weill for Dem's with technology available, people are realizing just how bad the dem's and Obama are, and last not forget Obama abd Dem's tried to take stomp[ on the second admendment. Thank god enough republicans along with a few Democrats were able to stop the senate from ratifying the Small arms treaty. Obama is all about destroying America, the sooner you wise up the better you will be.

    May 16, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  10. Independent

    Republicans rule Obama

    One thing after another, the corruption that is coming out of the Obama Adminstration is not surprising. HIs Adminstration is one of the most corrupt and incompetent adminstration this country has ever seen. To sit their and say i know nothing of what is going on does not bode well for him. If that is true that he does not know what is going on then he is idiot and not a leader and should be removed from office. Holder also needs to go, from Fast and Furious, to the AP scandal, and lord knows what else he is hiding. Not to mention that the IRS is suspose to help bring in Obama Care, that should turn out real good. Its time to sweep Obama and the Democrats out of office, that will happen in 2014 and 2106.
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    100% agreed, either he is incompetent and has NO control over his employees or he is PART of it, either way he needs to go!!!!!!!!!!! Pick you poison, incompetent or corrupt, I would bet a little of both!!!

    May 16, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  11. Independent

    TheObserver

    @Republicans rule Obama
    One thing after another, the corruption that is coming out of the Obama Adminstration is not surprising (BECAUSE WE GOT SO USED TO IT DURING THE PREVIOUS REPUBLICAN ADMINISTRATION WHO SET THAT BAR PRETTY HIGH). HIs Adminstration is one of the most corrupt and incompetent adminstration this country has ever seen (MAYBE ONLY SECOND TO GEORGE W BUSH!). To sit their and say i know nothing of what is going on does not bode well for him (ARE WE TALKING ABOUT OBAMA OR GEORGE W WHEN HE GOT THE 9/11 NEWS?). If that is true that he does not know what is going on then he is idiot and not a leader and should be removed from office. Holder also needs to go, from Fast and Furious, to the AP scandal, and lord knows what else he is hiding. Not to mention that the IRS is suspose to help bring in Obama Care (AKA ROMNEY CARE), that should turn out real good. Its time to sweep Obama and the Democrats out of office, that will happen in 2014 and 2106 (JUST BE READY TO SWEEP IN THE NEW DEMOCRATS).

    BECAUSE OF INCREASED ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY, PEOPLE ARE BECOMING SMARTER, MORE OPEN-MINDED, AND MORE EDUCATED. THIS DOES NOT BODE WELL FOR REPUBLICANS.
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    Well there it is, blame Bush!!! Pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 16, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  12. Independent

    BECAUSE OF INCREASED ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE AND EDUCATION THROUGH TECHNOLOGY, PEOPLE ARE BECOMING SMARTER, MORE OPEN-MINDED, AND MORE EDUCATED. THIS DOES NOT BODE WELL FOR REPUBLICANS.
    ______________________

    That is the funniest thing I have read, since pretty much ALL smart and sucessful business men who actually had to work for a living are republican!!!! Take of the blinders and wake up!!!! TRUE Americans will vote out this incompetent administration in 2014 and 2016!!!!! I just wish we could do away with ALL parties and have only INDEPENDENT people!!!!

    May 16, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  13. Data Driven

    @resevoirdog,

    You can assert Obama isn't telling the truth all you like, but can you PROVE it?

    May 16, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  14. smith

    I see there are still folks playing the Bush card...Dems and liberals BO isn`t perfect and he can`t walk on water

    May 16, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  15. JohnPeel

    There one thing that absolutely clear here and that is that Republican didn't much to shout about over the last few month after the beating Obama and the Dems inflicted upon them in the last election. No surprise that at this point they and all their followers will desperately try to make something out of nothing in an attempt to make them feel good about themselves again; it happen when you have been badly bruised. The fact of the matter is the electorate has spoken and they will speak loud and clear again in 2014/2016. The GOP is out of touch, out of date and out of ideas.
    The Benghazi/IRS issues are only things the GOP has to feed-off of at this point in time; not jobs, not the economy/deficit, for those are starting to improve. GOP is still not connecting with the American public. Smells like desperation if you asked me.

    May 16, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. Thomas

    Dose anybody else miss Donald Rumsfeld and "Dick" Cheney ?

    Anybody ?

    May 16, 2013 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    The best counter punch is the economy. The annual deficit is projected to be down to $600 billion. Unemployment continues to drop. Talk about all of the stuff the GOP does not want to talk about, instead the stuff that they want to rant and rave about. As long as you're playing defense, you're losing.

    May 16, 2013 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  18. The REAL Truth...

    The ranting from the right about these manufactured scandals is hilarious. They all assume the leader knows what is going on with everything all the time. When did you find out that your kids were doing drugs? Oh, you didn't know? Yet, it's your own family?? REALLY?
    In large organizations (like the Federal Govt) there's no possible way that the CEO (POTUS) could possibly be aware of what those on the factory floor are up to. There's multiple levels of management between, that are supposed to endure rules and laws are followed. The CEO had Dept/organization heads (Cabinet) that run those groups. The head of the IRS has resigned. Duh! Correct the potential for targeting any one type of group and move on. It's not like most Tea or Patriot groups applying for tax-exempt status are doing so for educational purposes anyway. They are all political to begin with. Should ALL have been denied. That did not happen, did it!!!!!
    You folks are all too tied up trying to hate on Obama. Get a life.

    May 16, 2013 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |